Examining Intransa's New Enterprise, Energy and Availability Management Features

Author: John Honovich, Published on Oct 17, 2010

Intransa has released a series of new enterprise, energy and availability management features, respectively named VSA System Center, VSA Energy Manager and VSA Tiered Availability. All of these features are available as a software upgrade at no charge to Intransa's server and storage.

This update overview each of the three features with commentary on use/application:

  • VSA System Center provides a centralized management interface to view and monitor multiple Intransa servers/storage devices. Specifically, it allows administrators to manage storage capacity across numerous devices.
  • VSA Energy Manager provides an option to decrease energy cost. Specifically, this release allows for a 'cold storage' or deep archive mode where selected drives are spun down to a near sleep mode. Intransa claims that this can reduce energy consumption by about 40%. A downside is that requested video would take longer to access. Intransa claims an average of about 10 seconds. As such, this is likely best suited for video that operators are unlikely to access frequently (most commonly video older than a day or few days). Contrast this to Veracity's COLDSTORE storage solution. While Veracity is claiming more benefits (greater energy savings, lower appliance costs, etc.), Veracity requires a proprietary interface to VMS systems. We see this area as an interesting and important development for surveillance. However, as we have not tested any cold storage solution, we cannot make recommendations on products or detailed tradeoffs.
  • VSA Tiered Availability provides multiple options for fault tolerance. A new option offered ensures that video is always recorded without being available for playback. This is a lower cost option than 'full' availability. It requires using their Maximum Flexibility line (i.e., their external storage appliances). Some cameras can be assigned to this 'limited' resilient level while others can be assigned to 'full' availability (achieving different levels or tiers of availability).

We think these features have the potential to be important differentiators for mid to large scale video surveillance systems. Secondly, this release is an important contrast to Intransa's most direct competitor Pivot3 whose Fall release focused on expansion into a new market (hosted solutions) rather than expanded functionality for traditional/mainstream surveillance applications.

3 reports cite this report:

Surveillance Manufacturer Trends 2010 on Oct 24, 2010
Trends and strategies in the video surveillance market are shifting. In this report, we examine the top trends and the most interesting moves by...
Highlighting New Products Released During ASIS on Oct 17, 2010
Dozens of new products have been released in the last month with a large number during the ASIS show. Because of this, many have missed these...
New Products Reviewed Fall 2010 on Oct 12, 2010
In this report, we aggregate all our new products reviews for Fall 2010 announcments. Products Reviewed The following new products are reviewed....
Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

H.265 Usage Statistics on Apr 19, 2019
H.265 has been available in IP cameras for more than 5 years and, in the past few years, the number of manufacturers supporting this codec has...
Strong ISC West 2019 For Manufacturers But Concerns For 2020 March Move on Apr 16, 2019
ISC West 2019 was strong for manufacturers, according to new IPVM survey results of 100+ manufacturers, consistent with 2018 results. However,...
ISC West 2019 Report on Apr 12, 2019
The IPVM team has finished at the Sands looking at what companies are offering and how they are changing their positioning. See below for 50+...
Favorite Video Storage / Server Manufacturers 2019 on Mar 25, 2019
189 integrators answered this question: "What is your favorite storage device / server manufacturer for recording video? Why?" In general...
BCDVideo Expansion And Switch From HP To Dell Examined on Mar 11, 2019
BCDVideo says they have more than tripled revenue in the past 5 years and are continuing to grow, powered most recently by switching their lead...
Arcules Favorability Results 2019 on Mar 08, 2019
Arcules has amazing advantages. Tens of millions of funding from Canon. Unlimited access to Milestone's source code (see our test results). But...
Top ISC West 2019 Booth Moves on Mar 05, 2019
With ISC West just a month away, we examine the most notable exhibitor moves including big exhibitors who dropped out and a number of significant...
Salient CompleteView 20/20 VMS Tested on Feb 27, 2019
In IPVM's last test of Salient 3 years ago, we found various problems and deficiencies. Now, Salient says their new CompleteView 20/20 "unified...
Security Installation Tools Guide - 22 Tools Listed on Feb 19, 2019
In this guide, we cover 22 tools that security installers frequently use. This is one part of our upcoming Video Surveillance...
Sales Cuts At Rasilient on Feb 19, 2019
Over the past 2 years, video surveillance storage specialist Rasilient has expanded its workforce significantly, aiming to build its own branded...

Most Recent Industry Reports

H.265 Usage Statistics on Apr 19, 2019
H.265 has been available in IP cameras for more than 5 years and, in the past few years, the number of manufacturers supporting this codec has...
ACRE Acquires RS2, Explains Acquisition Strategy on Apr 19, 2019
ACRE continues to buy, now acquiring RS2, just 5 months after buying Open Options. One is a small access control manufacturer from Texas, the...
Access Control Course Spring 2019 - Last Chance on Apr 19, 2019
Register for the Spring Access Control Course. IPVM offers the most comprehensive access control course in the industry. Unlike manufacturer...
Riser vs Plenum Cabling Explained on Apr 18, 2019
You could be spending twice as much for cable as you need. The difference between 'plenum' rated cable and 'riser' rated cable is subtle, but the...
Verint Victimized By Ransomware on Apr 18, 2019
Verint, which is best known in the physical security industry for video surveillance but has built a sizeable cybersecurity business as well, was...
Milestone Drops IFSEC on Apr 18, 2019
Milestone has dropped out of Europe's largest annual security trade show (IFSEC 2019), telling IPVM that they "have found that IFSEC in EMEA no...
The Fastest Growing Video Surveillance Sales Organization Ever - Verkada on Apr 17, 2019
Verkada has the fastest growing video surveillance sales organization ever. In less than 2 years, they already have more salespeople in the US...
Door Operators Access Control Tutorial on Apr 17, 2019
Doors equipped with door operators, specialty devices that automate opening and closing, tend to be quite complex. The mechanisms needed to...
Securadyne CEO: IPVM 'Entertaining For An Ignorant Few' on Apr 16, 2019
Securadyne's CEO Carey Boethel is unhappy with IPVM's report - Failed Integrator Rollup, Securadyne Sells to Guard Giant Allied. Indeed, he...
Dahua Repositionable IR Multi-Imager Camera Tested on Apr 16, 2019
Dahua has released their first repositionable multi-imager camera, the Multi-Flex 4x2MP, claiming integrated IR, true WDR, and flexible...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact